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Moo A Novel by Sharon Creech is a really great chapter book for kids ages 8 to 12. It is about a life-changing move for one family as they re-locate from fast-paced city life to the quiet country life in Maine.
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we?re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.
When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn?t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents volunteer Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna?and that stubborn cow, Zora.
This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.
The book is inspired in part by Creech’s grandchildren’s real life move to Maine, as well as her own. The book is so inspiring it makes a tiny part of me wish I could pack up the family and move somewhere new! It might even inspire tweens to put down their electronics and try something new. Reena is 12 and all excited to be in Maine until her mom volunteers her and her brother to help a cooky old lady on her farm. It quickly turns into something they both love to do…even scooping poop out of stalls. This is a quick read that will have you wanting to embrace new people and new experiences.